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Animal and Land 08Apr 2014

From monkeys to mud volcanos, Hartpury students set for trip of a lifetime

From monkeys to mud volcanos, Hartpury students set for trip of a lifetime

A group of intrepid Hartpury adventurers will be heading off to explore the wilds of Borneo on Friday (April 11th) for the educational trip of a lifetime.

The 24 students, who are all studying BTEC Level 3 Diplomas in Animal Management, will get the unique opportunity to see a wide range of indigenous species in their own natural habitat.

On the 13-night trip, they will go on a night river cruise to see proboscis monkeys and fireflies, visit an orangutan sanctuary, experience a rainforest canopy walk and visit a local zoo.

They will also stay on the island where the television series 'Survivor' was filmed – Pulau Tiga – and go into a mud volcano there, visit natural hot springs and visit the cultural village 'Monsopiad' – once the home of a tribe of headhunters.

The trip will be linked to the ecology and conservation unit of their course, including topics such as wildlife rehabilitation, animal adaptations, different ecosystems, plant life and cultural differences.

“Our students learn such a lot on trips like these and it really is the opportunity of a lifetime for them,” said Nichola Mayo, Subject Leader for Animal Management at Hartpury College.

“It is absolutely the best way to bring what they learn in the classroom to life, seeing species in their own habitats. We are all hugely excited about the trip.”

Animal Management students are able to go on a variety of trips as part of their course. This year, they have already been to Crufts to link in with their module on dog breeds and to Crocodiles of the World, where they got the chance to handle a range of reptiles, including a young West African Dwarf Crocodile.

Other trips have included Noah's Ark Zoo Farm, Bristol Zoo and Dudley Zoo, Cotswold Wildlife Park, Birdland and Slimbridge.

“These trips all link into what the students learn on their courses, including animal husbandry, animal accommodation and feeding,” added Nichola Mayo. “They are an invaluable part of their learning journey.”

Work experience is also a key element of the Animal Management courses, with a number of students lucky enough to secure placements in zoos and other wildlife and conservation settings.

Hartpury students develop the skills and knowledge they need for a wide range of animal careers, including benefiting from the unique links and partnerships that Hartpury enjoys with charities and companies throughout the agriculture, animal and land sectors.
Animal Management students have gone on to become wildlife rangers, animal welfare officers, biodiversity field officers and laboratory and research technicians among many other careers.

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